An Interview with actress, musician and former stuntwoman Marneen Lynne Fields

The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with author, actress, songwriter, producer and stuntwoman Marneen Lynn Fields. Her autobiographical story, “Cartwheels and Halos” explains her story from a tiny town in North Dakota to working in Hollywood.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): Please tell us about “Cartwheels and Halos”. This is quite a story.

Cartwheels & Halos: The True Marneen Lynne Fields Story is about my finding God during my darkest days after surviving a near-fatal car accident and a series of life-threatening abdominal operations from 1986-1999. The operations left me living in heights of excruciating pain for twelve years and caused me to loose everything I held dear, especially my career in Hollywood as a top Hollywood stuntwoman and an actress on the brink of becoming a household name. The book has strong themes that when you are on the wrong path, God will take drastic actions in your life to make sure you’re on the right path. For me, I found my right path during this terrible tragedy in the wake of my childhood dreams of always wanting to be a famous singer in life. A dream I’m finally getting the chance to live today.

HPC: What was Hollywood like in 1976?

Great question Dustin, no one has ever asked me that before. For me, the last half of that decade from 1976 to 1979 I was one of the top Hollywood stuntwomen in the world. Wikipedia lists me as this for the 1970s and the 1980s. Being a pioneering stuntwoman in the 1970s everything I performed was without cables or jerk off cables, no airbags, and consisted of me doing high falls, high dives, and other falls from high distances at high speed onto my back and stomach onto the concrete, hardwood floors, dirt roads, shallow ocean water, and break away wooden tables. Sometimes I’d get blankets to fall on or a small twin size mattress, other times I fell in to boxes. The only arsenal was I’d show up for these jobs wearing a little boy’s football girdle, knee pads and elbow pads, that’s it. Safety laws and stunt utility captains were just coming on the scene. But the great news was, I’d get hired, show up and sign my SAG Actor’s contract, perform my stunt and go home, and because I was SAG residuals would flow in. I still get nice residuals today, 44 years later from the primetime TV shows and films I’ve appeared in. But there was also a big Screen Actor’s Guild Strike back in those years, and all SAG talent got cheated out of pay per view and foreign residuals so those have always been smaller, but never-the-less they came in, a luxuory many actors no longer have today with so many buyouts and nonunion work. SAG also invested a portion of my money for me and I came into a nice SAG pension a few years ago.

Backward high fall from the top of the rope in The Spell

HPC: Can you tell us about being a stuntwoman?
For me being a stunt woman meant being in top physical condition at all times. I came from the class one advanced all-around world of intercollegiate competitive gymnastics as the #1 gymnast at Utah State University so I was well-prepared with the demands stunt work would bring when the stunt gates flew open and engulfed every fiber of my being for fifteen years. I was used to working out three hours a day tumbling, running, dancing, lifting weights, stretching, swimming, rope jumping, diving, doing mini and major trampoline work, you name it. Once I became a stunt woman all of those disciplines continued only I now added to them high falls, karate fight scenes, high jumps, prat falls, gun work, roller skating, fencing, snow and water skiing, tennis, mountain climbing, repelling, car work, car hits, stair falls, bicycling, trapeze work, and scuba diving, again, you name it, I trained at least 3 hours a day on all of this and learned new tricks, maneuvers, and sports when required. As Hollywood’s Original Fall Girl I was always put on the front lines performing very strenuous, dexterous, and highly dangerous high falls and high speed stunts. Stunt work also meant my being able to walk, stand, and perform mimicking the actress I’d be doubling and this is where my acting training came in handy. I was taught to sell each stunt with screams and gestures, and when performing stunts it’s very important you keep your face turned away from the camera so the audience perceives the illusion of the actress doing the stunt. As a stunt woman you wear a lot of wigs or get your hair sprayed different colors or cut to match the actresses you’re doubling. Time is spent first thing each day on the set sitting in the make-up trailer getting your hair pinned up so a wig can be attached firmly so it won’t come off during the stunt. I always carried my little boy’s football girdle, knee pads, and elbow pads with me for some padding to land on and help cushion falls. So there I’d stand (usually in high heels), on my mark, breathing heavily, going over and over the scene in my head waiting for the director to call, “Action,” while wearing a tightly pinned wig with my pads under my clothing dressed like the actress. I was incredibly alert and considered a one take wonder able to perform on a dime those years. It was very exciting! But how did I really feel? To be honest with you, I felt like a clown wearing the wigs and pads and high heels with a painted face, always a clown performing in clothes and shoes that weren’t my own, doing falls and fights that could be considered clown like. Nothing wrong with a clown I guess, a clown in a very stressful position protecting life and limb performing the nearly impossible under nearly impossible circumstances.

High fall for Goliath Awaits

HPC: Did being a college gymnast prepare you for stunt work?

Yes, I was discovered in 1976 by legendary stuntman, Paul Stader (Cary Grant’s stunt-double) who owned Paul Stader’s Stunt School because he recognized the champion athlete and gymnast in me. Paul Stader’s belief in my talents was unbelievable, he thought I could do anything, and he was instrumental in getting me, my first twenty-five stunt and stunt-acting roles in films and on prime-time TV shows. Paul single-handedly put me on the map in Hollywood, then several other stunt directors stepped in and took over, J.P. Bill Catching, Roydon Johnson, Dick Butler, and Mickey Gilbert to name a few. These and other stunt coordinators kept me so busy working on every TV series at Universal, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, CBS, MGM, and Paramount that I never had to hustle work.

HPC: How did you get into acting?

I was minoring in Theater Arts at Utah State University while on my gymnastic’s scholarship, so I was already learning the craft of acting. My first stunt job where I fell backwards from the top of a dangling rope in a high school gymnasium on the movie-of-the-week, The Spell was also an acting job. I read for the role of one of mischievous teenagers for casting and also landed the role. From 1976 to 1991, my career involved acting, stunt acting, and stunt roles. I quit doing stunts in 1991 after a near-fatal car accident and have only done acting roles since then. But my life changed forever in 1979 when I met the late, actor-director, Victor French (Lee J. Cobb’s son-in-law), and co-star on two Emmy winning series with Michael Landon, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. Victor was the first celebrity acting coach to take me under his wing and believe in me as an actress. He was a true actor’s actor and director’s director with a strong theater background. Acting was where my heart was, not doing stunts. I also studied with Jeff Corey (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Victor and Jeff and a few other coaches changed my destiny so when I had the car accident and could no longer do stunts I was already making the transition to becoming a serious actress. I’ve been acting for forty-four years, it’s very challenging.

Marneen Fields (L) with Pierre Dulat (R) in the Shadows music video

HPC: How did you get into singing?

Ever since I was a young girl all I ever wanted to be in live was a famous singer. Every song that came on the radio was my favorite song and I would spend countless hours learning every song, practicing it, and singing it, mimicking all famous pop vocalists, and fantasizing what it would be like to be them for just one day. My favorite thing to watch on TV was a show filmimg a woman pouring her heart out in song at the microphone, I found her far more interesting than actresses. After my car accident and the loss of my career and everything I held dear I decided it was time to do what I really wanted to do with my life and that was sing. I got serious about taking vocal lessons and I sat on my bed learning 150 songs hoping if I ever got back on my feet again I’d get the chance to sing. I started doing open mics and cabaret dinner shows in the Los Angeles area, when I first got onto my feet and I could only sing one song and then I’d collapse, that’s how weak I was. Today, I’m finally living my childhood dreams becoming a famous award-winning singer and songwriter.

HPC: How did you become an ASCAP composer producer?

I found out that when you train to become a singer that God gives you the gift of melody and that you have it inside of you to compose songs also. Once again I went back to school taking keyboard lessons, music theory, lyric writing, and pop song composition, and I started writing and composing love ballads. Lyrics would just flow out of me and I’d have to write them down. My process starts with the lyrics first and I’ve created a short nonfiction book that will publish this year titled, Lyrics First: An Organizational Guide to the Craft of Songwriting. Something happens as I write and develop lyrics, they become singable to me, and a melody pours out of me. I’ve been writing brokenhearted lyrics since I was in college, whereas I became a real composer and songwriter in the 1990s. Once I’d written and composed my songs I joined ASCAP. I’m Heavenly Waterfall (ASCAP) and HWSP (BMI) both as a song publisher, and Marneen Lynne Fields writer-composer (ASCAP). I opened Heavenly Waterfall Song Publishing and Productions Company in 2002 to publish my creative works, screenplays, songs, and literary works, and produce them. Today my production company is Heavenly Waterfall Productions.

HPC: You recently became baptized? Could you talk about your relationship with Jesus Christ?

I became baptized on 12/12/1999 after never having been in a church in my entire life. I had a final abdominal operation that December (an operation UCLA doctors would not perform due to the dangers), and I collapsed face-first onto the floor of my apartment upon arriving home. I was sure that was my last breath and I prayed with all my might to Jesus Christ to please not let me die. I chose Jesus because a Christian friend had told me years earlier that only Jesus Christ can heal, and I remembered his words on my last breath. While I was praying (and keep it mind I had already crossed over fighting for my life in these operations and the car accident), sandals appeared before my eyes where I had been kissing the ground and then I saw a hand reach out from spirit and touch my shoulder. I got stronger after that, and the first thing I did was get to church and undergo a Holy baptism. Within a couple of weeks after my baptism, my dear mother who had been missing for nine years was found. I found out by Apostle Faith Eden while sharing my testimony on her show on the OCN Network a few years back that one of the promises of baptism is that your family will be reunited.

Marneen Fields (standing) with Fred MacMurray (L), Olivia de Havilland (C) and Ben Johnson (R) in Irwin Allen’s The Swarm

HPC: Whats new for 2020?

My 5-Star rated, The Illusive Craft of Acting: An Actor’s Preparation Process is publishing worldwide in paperback in all the major book stores. The book is already out in eBook on Amazon and Smashwords. I’m driving two biography books to the finish line this year, Rolling with the Punches: A Souvenir Book Examining the Stunts, Acting, and Music Careers of Marneen Fields; and Cartwheels & Halos: The True Marneen Lynne Fields Story. I’m coming off thirty-eight awards and nominations for my music and my screenplays since 2012, one for my Who’s Gonna Take Care of Me? which won Best Screenplay of the Year 2019 from the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival. It’s my mom, Ruby Marie Farris-Fields’ true heart-wrenching drama about her survival of nine years of homelessness while battling schizophrenia, a brain lymphoma, breast cancer, and dementia. The screenplay has a potentially Academy Award caliber role for a big star. After Ruby was found and brought home to safety I was able to care for her for thirteen years before her death and she helped write her story. There’s a lot going on with my music and producing 5 new pop-blues, soft rock singles and a few music videos. I’m also holding my first ever fundraiser in 2020 and I’m really looking forward to it. I love giving creative opportunities to other people to help them achieve their goals.

Irwin Allen (L) and Marneen Lynn Fields (R) on the set of The Swarm

HPC: Please tell us about your screenwriting

I started studying scriptwriting and script supervising after my car accident to get close to my love of the craft of acting while disabled. I have several screenplays I’m working on that I look forward to pitching in the future, a couple of TV pilots, the true drama listed above, and a psychological comic-drama feature. I’ve been very close to selling my mom’s true drama, it’s had fifteen requests for reads from some very big names. Now that I have the Best Screenplay win I’m hoping 2020 will be the year it sells or options. I’d really like to do something to help the mentally ill who are homeless and their families with her story.

HPC: Do you have a good story about working with Irwin Allen on “The Swarm”?

Irwin Allen was absolutely amazing to be in the presence of. He was very positive, inspiring, and upbeat despite the tremendous stress he was under. He loved wearing polka dot shirts. I was fortunate to work on two of his disaster films The Swarm, and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. He told stories about how Alfred Hitchcock directed from his trailer, only walking out to call, “Action!” Then going back into the trailer to watch everything on monitors. In his documentary The Making of the Swarm you see him call me over after my dive out the window, give me a big hug, and tell me, “You did good, Honey, you did good.”

The Illusive Craft of Acting: An Actor’s Preparation Process book cover

HPC: Whats one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

Very hard question. I guess it would be, after my car accident and fighting for my life for twelve years from the abdominal operations I lost the negative emotions that people struggle with. I crossed over to the other side fighting for my life and living in heights of excruciating pain for so many years. I became completely non-materialistic and very spiritual. When I got married to John Harrison who’s an Australian in 2016, I got rid of all of my possesions taking only what I needed to travel back and forth from Australia, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas every two to three months. So far, it’s been a very freeing experience to live like that, I guess time will tell, but I feel, I can always buy more stuff in the future when John and I retire to the United States full time in 2025.

A big thanks to Marneen Lynn Fields for taking time to speak with us. The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to her next project.

Dustin Brown

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HPC’s First Annual Top 10 list of Most Anticipated Upcoming Horror/thrillers of 2020

2019 is rapidly coming to a close and here’s a look at the 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2020!

10. Terrifier 2

The sequel to the huge indie hit is about Art the Clown returning to Miles County after being resurrected by a sinister entity, where he must hunt down and destroy a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.

9. VFW

This bold action/horror film stars Stephen Lang as a war veteran, who along with his veteran colleagues, defends their local VFW against a crazy drug dealer and a persistent group of mutant punks. Sierra McCormick, William Sadler, David Patrick Kelly, Martin Kove, Fred Williamson and George Wendt round out the cast.

8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Conjuring 3)

 

This is the third installment of the popular Conjuring franchise. James Wan handles the directing reins to Michael Chaves. This film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Julian Hilliard, Charlene Amoia and many others.

7. The Grudge

The first trailer looks scary and I’m sure the acting will be great with an ensemble cast consisting of Oscar nominees Demian Bechir and Jackie Weaver as well as William Sadler, Lin Shaye, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Frankie Faison, Andrea Riseborough and many others.

6.Fantasy Island

In this Blumhouse horror reboot of the iconic 70’s TV show, Michael Peña’s Mr. Roarke grants wishes similar to Ricardo Montalban, albeit with an evil twist.

5. Lake of Shadows

Two aspiring film makers venture to a mysterious lake to uncover a story on a local legend. As they get closer to the truth, the danger follows. Before they know it they are thrust into a fight for their lives and the truth about Avocado lake. Great ensemble cast in this Michael S. Rodriguez film consisting of Robert LaSardo, Felissa Rose, Dawna Lee Heising, Debra Lamb, Jonathan Tiersten, Tino Zamora, Geovonna Casanova and many others.

4. Hell of Screaming Dead

This period piece, which is set in the 80’s, tells the story of two ex-jailbirds who fight back against a zombie apocalypse. Dustin Ferguson directs this film which stars Jasper Cole, Mike Ferguson, Jenn Nangle and Vida Ghaffari.

3. Candyman

Curious to see Jordan Peele’s take on this iconic franchise. This film being billed as the spiritual sequel to the original iconic horror film starring legendary actor Tony Todd returning to his titular role of the Candyman according to various sources.

2. Agramon’s Gate

A psychic reader and Medium is invited to a party. Something goes astray when a dark force comes over from the other side to haunt the people from the party. They must solve the mystery before it’s too late and Agramon will not be easy to stop. This film directed and written by Harley Wallen has become a hit on the film festival circuit with 7 wins and 25 nominations.

1. Halloween Kills

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series once again helmed by David Gordon Green. Jamie Lee Curtis returns once again as the lead character Laurie Strode in this Blumhouse film.

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Holiday Season Event:  Find and rescue Santa in the world of Valnir Rok!  

December 20, 2019 – Cologne, Germany – The long wait comes to an end. Immerse yourself in the fantastic world of Valnir Rok, where you will determine your own destiny between fearless Vikings, cunning traders and cruel beasts.
Valnir Rok is a Multiplayer survival game in which you take your destiny into your own hands.
But what’s going on? It’s Christmas time and Santa Claus still hasn’t shown up? He has disappeared and nobody knows where he is! Find him and get one of only 2,000 limited Steam Keys for Valnir Rok with a lot of cool exclusive features – Our little gift to you for your endurance.
Looking for a nice and free Christmas present? You want to give a free Valnir Rok key to a friend? Find Santa, upload a screenshot of Santa in the Drekiberg Labyrinth, add the hashtag #valnirsanta and tag your friend. This works with both Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Furthermore, Valnir Rok has just had a major update that involves better damage calculation, distance based projectile drop and fixing of various smaller bugs. For a complete list of the updates, look here
“We really want to bring Valnir Rok to beta status in the next months. Therefore we are planning on adding some endgame content and really get rid of some annoying bugs.”, says Sebastian Rahmel, managing director of encurio GmbH.
About Valnir Rok
Valnir Rok is an online sandbox survival roleplaying game inspired by Norse mythology. Players will awaken to find themselves on Valnir Island and must do whatever it takes to survive in a land of wild animals, mythical beasts, and violent men. As a hardened Viking warrior, butcher your enemies in bloody combat, build and improve village structures, and form a clan to expand your power and reputation.
Battle against opposing clans, place bounties on hated enemies, and discover ruin artifacts to gain favor with the gods with great deeds and holy sacrifices. Might makes right in the Viking world of Valnir Rok.
For more information, see: https://www.valnir.net/
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About encurio GmbH
Founded in 2007 by Sebastian Rahmel, encurio is a game studio mostly focused on RPG games. We are currently developing Valnir Rok a Viking multiplayer survival game with RPG Elements and lots of Nordic mythology , also we develop Faith + Honor: Barbarossa, a historically authentic RPG with tactical turn based combat. Encurio game studio based in Cologne, Germany. encurio has been developing software, portals, websites and online shops for the finance, beauty, gaming and entertainment industry. Using the knowledge and expertise from their internet and gaming business ventures has naturally led to the development of online games. Valnir Rok is the first online game from encurio GmbH.
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The Holidays can be Such a Drag — A Festive Celebration with B. Åkerlund, Miranda Dickson & Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD, CA —The Hollywood Press Corps has exlusive photos from the Christmas party at the private home of Jonas Tahlin. Jonas is the CEO of Absolut Elyx. His home was transformed into an elaborate festive wonderland scene to celebrate the start of the holiday season. This event was hosted by B. Åkerlund and Miranda Dickson. The party was to celebrate the holiday in the most extravagant setting with guests including A-list celebrities and well-known drag queens wearing the most elaborate costumes.

Party goers enjoying Absolut Elyx beverages. All photos Laurence Hudghton Photography LTD
The table was set near the chimney with care

The Hollywood Hills mansion pulled out all the stops with a number of eccentric decorations, inducing a welcome from Santa and his reindeers, Christmas carolers and real snow! Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the Elyx Elf and offered a traditional Swedish Glögg made with Elyx and took photos in the snow on Santa’s sleigh.

 

B. Åkerlund, an esteemed stylist and costume designer, arrived wearing a spectacular red Christmas dress. She was soon joined by Fergie and Marilyn Manson, who wore a chic red trouser suit decorated in jewels.

As guests made their way inside, they were wowed by the festive feast which filled the length of the room and included cheeses, festive sweets and delicious sizzling sausages. Absolut Elyx, created a number of bespoke festival cocktails for the evening, including ‘Felix Navidad’, ‘Julemus Spritz’ and ‘Jingle Bell’, all made with Absolut Elyx and festive flavors.

Fergie and Marilyn Manson sat together in the ‘Gatsby Room’ where they were spotted chatting the night away with friends as they sipped on Elyx cocktails.

Absolut Elyx is the new definition of luxury vodka, built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every drop is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate, in Åhus, Sweden. Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification column, removing all impurities and resulting in the silky smooth Elyx Vodka. Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, and his team are knowledgeable to oversee the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx has join forces with Water For People to drive awareness and support for long-term solutions to the global water crisis. Through their partnership, Water For People will provide one week of safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide for every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique. In just one year, Elyx has already provided approximately 20,000 people with access to safe water for generations to come. Discover more at ElyxBoutique.com and on Instagram @AbsolutElyx.

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next exclusive party at Jonas’ house!

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Legacy Charitable Foundation

 

The “Legacy Charitable Foundation” held its fifth annual Holiday Masquerade Ball on December 8 at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles.

In an effort to support “Echoes of Hope” which serves communities by helping children, youth and young adults in need by eliminating barriers and assisting them to reach their full potential, the Holiday Ball encouraged giving with this event which included, open bar, full sushi bar and catered dinner. Aside from creating awareness, the organization raises funds to bridge the gap between those in need and support the programs that help them strive.

The Legacy Charitable Foundation assists our community by promoting social welfare and supporting other non profit organizations with an emphasis on improving health research such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, homeless assistance organizations, disabled or sick youth, foster youth, education, financial literacy, low income family residences and overall well being of all people that are in need of hope. The evening climaxed with an electrifying performance by CeCe Peniston, (Best known for her hit single “Finally”) and other number one hits.

 

Attendees walking the red carpet included, CeCe Peniston who also performed later in the evening, actress Paloma Movales, actress Chanel Minnifield, Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors”, comedian Patrick Neal, Pol Atteu and Patrick Simpson of “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills” with their lovable dog “Snow White”, Celeste Thorson of “The Have and Have Nots”, Zack Levy of Legacy Foundation, Abraham Mehrian Chairman of The Legacy Foundation, Giovanna Healy Founder of “Sisters of Strength”, Jennifer Brown Legacy President, Bill Mena board member of Legacy Foundation, Gonzalo Cruz Schiavone board member and Sylvia Valdiva of The Legacy Foundation. Holiday season is a time for reflection and giving and giving they did.

The World’s Big Sleep Out Los Angeles

On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads. 

Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.

                       

Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.

”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org

MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.

Marie Westwood Magazine Party

Marie Westwood Magazine, powered by the Ivan Bitton Style House celebrated the 2019 Winter Edition at the historic Cedars Estate on Monday, December 2.

 

The “Great Gatsby” themed and invite only party started at the door with champagne offered to all arrivals upon entrance. Lavish, early twentieth century inspired attire was donned by guests, models and celebrities depicting the era.

A live performance by Laura Pieri and a fashion showcase featuring Ivan Bitton Style House designers highlighted the festivities as guests partied and danced the night away to the DJ’s rhythm inspired selections. Unveiled were the “Special K” lingerie collection by Madame Methven,  designs by Sue Wong and “Exotics” by Cedrick.

 

The Cedars Estate, currently owned by designer Sue Wong has a  long history in Los Angeles and has hosted such great visitors and residents such as Bela Lugosi, Howard Hughes, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Johnny Depp. It is here that Jimi Hendrix allegedly wrote “Purple Haze” and the estate has been featured in several movies including “Sunset Boulevard” and “Easy Rider”.

Special guest Mario Lopez and guests pleased their palate on hors d’oeuvres and champagne while a full bar offered other more adventurous guests a variety of cocktails, mock tails and more. The nearly 8500 square foot home was crowded with partygoers throughout the night and although there are rumors that the estate is haunted, there was nothing scary about the festive interest of fashion, design and a classic Hollywood celebration.

Captured Officially Drops New Year’s Day!

Green Apple Entertainment officially drops Captured on January 1, 2020 and stars Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Elektra) Brittany Curran (Dear White People, 13 Going on 30) and Hollywood’s top bad guy, Jasper Cole (Westworld, American Horror Story).This film is about a weekend getaway to shoot a music video turns into a nightmare for a rock’n roll band when they become the crazed obsession of an escaped convict that is purposely targeting the female lead of the band. Guitars and axes will clash as the prisoner becomes obsessed with their music. He wants to silence it forever! As the band departs home in an old decrepit van, packed in with all their instruments and dreams, friendships and lives are about to be savaged by an unsuspected betrayal. There are some people you don’t want to piss off during childhood, they might come back. But with a lot more baggage.

In the first still, the villain hides behind a mask. And below, actor Cole can be seen as Shelly. Shelly is a local handyman who might know a thing or two of the ex-con’s past.

Villain in Captured
Jasper Cole

Julian Curtis (Adams Ruins Everything, Wish Man), Jake White (Children of the Corn, Blood Craft), Mike Randy (Surrogates, The Gentleman) and Christian Monzon (Shameless, Honey) round out the cast. This film was directed by first time Argentinian director Joe Arias. Green Apple Entertainment is the film’s distributor.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP04V6FTqzE

IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2400305/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3

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Shoot From the Hip Action Comedy Series Is in Pre-Production

The much anticipated Shoot From the Hip action comedy series is in pre-production starring rising star Jimmy Drain (The Initiation), Lauren Mayhew (Dexter), Carl Ciarfalio (Casino), Monique Candelaria (Breaking Bad) and legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death). This series is produced by Thunderknight Entertainment.

rising star Jimmy Drain

Rookie police officer Marvin Smith (Drain) must learn the ropes of the gritty, big city underground from his new partner  Detective “Juice” Jones (Daniel Sharner) and take down cartel mob boss Mug Luster and his boss, the formidable Mr. Felix (Novak). In their crusade however, they find many other challenges on their horizon, especially the emergence of Smith’s alter ego, the mysterious vigilante called “The Phantom”!

Shoot from the Hip Lobby Card
legendary action star Mel Novak

IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11272882/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

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“Eastsiders” Premiere

Cast members and producers of the Netflix series “Eastsiders” gathered at the Downtown Independent to premiere the fourth and final season on December 1, 2019.

Kit William’s Emmy nominated and LGBTQ series has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmy Awards and only reinforces the desire for more diversity in the world of entertainment.

“Eastsiders” won Best Ensemble at Indie Series Awards as well as 10 other Indie Series Awards in 2016.